Colostrum: Lowering a High Coliform Bacteria Count
A Case Study
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The key points:
High coliform bacteria counts in colostrum should not be normal.
It is possible to feed colostrum with low coliform bacteria counts.
Efforts to reduce coliform bacteria counts in colostrum must be a team effort – everyone has to buy into the goal of clean colostrum.
It is most cost effective to focus on key critical control points: 1. Clean teats on fresh cows 2. Clean collection equipment 3. Feed quickly or cool rapidly for stored colostrum 4. Clean feeding equipment
Monitor, monitor, monitor with sampling and lab cultures.
Enjoy the pictures of the floating thermometer and ice jug floating in a bucket of colostrum.